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4 Ways That You Can Support Homeless People in Your Community

>> Dec 14, 2011

The issue of homelessness is a serious one that will only go away with the help and involvement of entire communities. It is important to recognise that homelessness is caused by a variety of issues that effect individuals differently, and so the problem requires some serious and creative solutions from all people as opposed to waiting for government officials to fix everything. Here are some suggestions of things you can do to help homeless people in your community today.

Show RespectPeople who are homeless are not really different from anyone else; they have simply run into a different set of life circumstances than you have. One of the easiest and most important things you can start doing right now is show compassion towards the people who are worse off than you, and to acknowledge them as equals and people who deserve respect. People who are homeless have to face isolation and scorn everyday, so being treated in a civil, polite way once in a while will help them to feel like they really do matter.

Support the Local Homeless Shelter
There is a lot of work to be done when it comes to running homeless shelters, and they often can't provide their services to all the people who need them. That is why it's so important for members from the community to help out as well. There are many things you can do: you can organise fundraising events, volunteer your time serving food, make donations of money, clothes or other household items, or you can work on getting the word out and drumming up more support. Every little thing helps when it comes to improving
homeless services, so whether you are buying charity Christmas cards or organising large events, just do something and you will be helping.

Support Policies That Help the HomelessAlthough the real power of combating homelessness is in the hands of people in your community, it also helps a lot to try to support policies that benefit homeless people as well. Often, people who are homeless are working but simply can't rise above the poverty line, so any policy that controls the cost of rent or that raises the minimum wage needs to be supported. Other people who are homeless may be victims of domestic violence or are suffering from mental illness and addiction, so rallying for better services and more affordable housing in your community is an absolute must. Make yourself heard and contact local government representatives – they won't act on these problems unless you, the voter, make them.

Educate Those around You
If you see someone being abusive or rude to a homeless person, or overhear someone saying negative things about them, you must act, as educating those that are close to you is extremely important if you want to help end the cycle of homelessness. Teaching your children about homelessness will ensure that they grow up to be compassionate, caring people who will hopefully become community-minded as they get older. Actions speak louder than words, so if you continue to do what you think is right, others will see this and want to help out too. Homelessness is not the problem of the individual, but is an issue that can only be solved with the co-operation of entire communities, so make sure you are doing your part.

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